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  1. dewhockey

    dewhockey New Elf

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    Newbie here, hoping to learn enough to get my house looking as sweet as all you seasoned vets. It's gonna be a long journey, any help getting me started would be awesome.
    Todd
     
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    bjpc2716 need more lights to light up the world

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    welcome aboard to mad house
     
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    mellowcouple Full Time Elf

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    Welcome to ACL, you will get plenty of great help here.
     
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    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    Welcome to ACL, lots of great help and advice can be found here so just ask any questions
     
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    dewhockey

    dewhockey New Elf

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    Thanks all, I hope to get my head around this new obsession soon. Does anyone know if there's a free program that lets me draw a rendering of my house, preferably in 3d, that helps me plan a set up
     
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    franky_888 Apprentice Elf

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    Hi,

    Welcome to ACL!

    In most sequencers, people insert a photo of their house to overlay their elements on to. For the purposes of setup / measurements I've found Trimble SketchUp to be quite useful and easy enough to learn.

    http://www.sketchup.com/

    SketchUp was originally released by Google but later sold to Trimble.

    Personally, as my display is going to have 2, possibly 3 sides of the house covered eventually, I won't be able to reliably overlay everything onto one photo, so I'm going to draw it in with SketchUp, screenshot it, and use that as a background in the sequencer.

    Read the 101 manual, ask lots of questions! Good Luck!
     
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    keithsw1111 Full Time Elf

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    XLights allows multiple 2d previews which can be useful for wide properties or corner blocks.
     
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    franky_888 Apprentice Elf

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    The more you know hey? Thanks Keith you may have saved me some work :)
     
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    dewhockey New Elf

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    :D Cool stuff, thanks for the help. I have been studying the 101, it's just a lot of info for my little brain! I have been decorating with incandescent for 20 years, and have never had the same set up 2 years in a row ( I get bored easily ). This will be a huge leap for me to go pixel and incan mixed
     

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